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    The Los Angeles Lakers have not been having the easiest time as both injuries and losses begin piling up. Wednesday night saw the Sacramento Kings go on an 8-3 run in the last minute of play to beat the Lakers by five and a 116-111 scoreline. That's the third loss in the previous week for the Lakers - with all three being by a combined ten points. Los Angeles has missed the services of All-Star big man Anthony Davis for over a month. In addition to him, guards Lonnie Walker IV and Austin Reaves are placed on the injured list with leg problems. LeBron James says he and the Lakers need to play 'mistake-free' while injuries handicap them LeBron James knows that the team needs to get healthy as quick as possible, but until then, they need to be flawless.  'We are limited with bodies,' James said. 'So until some of our big guys or some of our key guys get back ... we got to continue to play how we've played the last couple games. Play mistake-free basketball.' While...
    LEBRON James is used to having all eyes on him when he steps onto court. And the NBA legend had one person in particular locked in on him. 3LeBron James was closely watched by a female fan 3Viewers on TV spotted her eyes fixed on LeBron James was playing for the Los Angeles Lakers in a home game against the Houston Rockets. In the second quarter of the game, TV camera showed him trying to catch his breath as he awaited a free-throw attempt. And in the background of the shot was a blonde female fan who kept her eyes locked in on him. James turned round to look behind him, and then returned forward with a huge grin. READ MORE ON LEBRON JAMESTOP OF THE TREE LeBron passes career milestone but Lakers lose after Westbook 'disaster'WHAT A MES LeBron rants at no-call on Los Angeles Lakers and insists 'it's a f***ing foul' The NBA icon may not have spotted the fan but something made him laugh. And fans watching on television definitely noticed the court side spectator. One tweeted:...
    Wealthy bidders have the chance to get their hands on Kobe Bryant's jersey from his Most Valuable Player season.  Bryant, who was killed alongside his daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in January 2020, was instrumental in the Los Angeles Lakers reaching the Western Conference NBA Finals as the No. 1 seed in 2008. The NBA legend's gold and purple No. 24 shirt from that impressive campaign is now going on sale. Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers jersey from his sole NBA MVP season is going on sale RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Captained by a Love Island star and sprinkled with NBA-ilk... NBA legend Dirk Nowitzki gets a crash course in how to play... NBA ROUND-UP: Jaylen Brown's season-high 41 points fuel the... Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell shares heartwarming reunion... Share this article Share The iconic top will appear in Sotheby's online auction called Zenith, Part I and is set to fetch between $5million and $7m. Bryant scored a whopping 645 points in six playoff, 14 regular...
    LeBron is adding another chapter to his great legacy. But should one last run at a title in the Western Conference come at the cost of the Lakers’ future? Mediocrity and the Los Angeles Lakers are not historically synonymous with one another. Yet here L.A. stands, boasting a 16-21 record so far this season after posting an even-worse 33-49 record in the campaign prior. The championship in the Bubble feels like it happened a world away (in a way, perhaps it did) and with Anthony Davis again sidelined due to injury, where the Lakers go from here feels like anyone’s guess. A Russell Westbrook trade? Something “smaller”? Something “bigger”? OK…LeBron James almost certainly isn’t on the trade block, regardless of recent comments showcasing frustration with the current state of things in La-La Land. But it does feel like the Lakers are at a fork in the proverbial road. Do they go all-in and improve their odds in the wild Western Conference? Or do they stand pat and hope an eventual AD return puts them over the playoff hump? Here are...
    Nov 4, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Knicks guard Evan Fournier (13) warms up before the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports The Los Angeles Lakers are going to be linked in trade rumors with almost every player who could be available. But who actually helps, and who can they actually get? The Los Angeles Lakers have begun to turn things around, going 9-6 over their last 15 games with a positive point differential. However, they’re still just 12th in the Western Conference and projection models are far from bullish on their chances of actually making the playoffs. The Lakers have plenty of roster needs and will likely be kicking the tires on any and every player who could be available. Below, we’re ranking a few of the players they’ve been linked with in rumors, by how much they could actually improve the team’s chances this year.Which NBA Trade Deadline targets have the most to offer the Lakers?5. Evan Fournier, New York KnicksFournier could be a big boon for the...
    A Marine veteran stole the show on Monday at Crypto.com Arena. Fans may have headed to the arena to watch the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Indiana Pacers, but the star of it all was Annika Hutsler. 6The Pacers are now 12-8 following their win over the LakersCredit: Getty Images - Getty 6LeBron James scored 21 points against IndianaCredit: Getty Images - Getty A Marine veteran, and an amputee, Hutsler was named Fan of the Game after she chugged a beer out of her prosthetic leg with thousands of fans cheering on. Hutsler received a $100 gift card for the award, posting a photo of her winnings on her Instagram story. And as it turned out, this was in fact Hutsler's first NBA game. She posted on her Instagram story from the game that "Ngl. Don't really know whats going on. But I'm rooting against the lakers bc they should've been in purple." She won fan of the game for drinking beer out of her prosthetic leg ???????? pic.twitter.com/4RbWKR98KG— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) November 30, 2022 Read More on Basketball'I FEEL...
    Next1 of 5Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports The Los Angeles Lakers are off to a poor start this season, unable to find a rhythm or lineup that works. Here are five moves they can make to save their season. At this point, the Los Angeles Lakers seem to be treading water. It’s unclear if any move they make could turn their season around. This old and feeble team is currently sitting with a 7-12 record, good enough for 13th in the Western Conference. And what’s worse, if they continue down this road to nowhere, they don’t even have the rights to their first-round pick this season. Therefore, if the Lakers are to salvage this season at all, here are five moves they can make.5. Los Angeles Lakers need to trade for Myles Turner and Buddy HieldThis is perhaps the most talked about trade that the Lakers remain in contention for. Myles Turner and Buddy Hield of the Indiana Pacers are the two main items on the trade block at the moment. And the Lakers...
    Russell Westbrook was left with blood streaming down his forehead after a foul from Zach Collins split his forehead open.  With two minutes to play in the third quarter of Saturday night’s game against the Spurs, Lakers guard Westbrook grabbed an offensive rebound and went up for a layup underneath the basket. But he took a shot from Spurs big man Zach Collins that caused blood to pour from his forehead. Russell Westbrook was left with blood streaming down his head after a foul from Zach Collins  Westbrook was pulled away by his Lakers teammates with LeBron James checking on him  Russell Westbrook takes a shot from Zach Collins and is bleeding from his forehead ????pic.twitter.com/SXDNXnvSlL— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) November 27, 2022 After enduring the hard foul, Westbrook jumped up and made it known he was less than impressed with the physical play before being pulled away by his Lakers teammates. LeBron James quickly realized that Westbrook was bleeding profusely from his forehead, which was split open on the foul by Collins, and applied a towel to his face, which was...
    The Los Angeles Lakers are the most popular sports franchise across America's four major leagues, according to a new study - but it's bad news for David Beckham and his fledgling Inter Miami team. In a huge piece of research covering the top 120 teams in MLB, MLS, NFL and NBA, the Lakers have come out on top, with their historical pull seemingly outweighing a difficult few seasons on the basketball court. They are followed in the rankings by their NBA rival Golden State Warriors - who have enjoyed a more successful time on the paint in recent years - while baseball's New York Yankees come out third. The LA Lakers, led by star man LeBron James, are the most popular sports team in the USA The New York Yankees come out on top in baseball, and they are third in the overall list David Beckham has a very long way to go, though, with his Inter Miami languishing 117th of 120 RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next JJ Watt promises to pay back unlucky Cardinals...
    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 20: LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Crypto.com Arena on October 20, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) The Lakers’ horrible start means they are wasting another year of LeBron James’ career. Here are five things they can do to improve immediately.  Fans in Los Angeles are understandably panicking over the team’s winless start. Intense changes are needed if the Lakers are going to go from Western Conference bottom-dwellers to a legitimate playoff team. Lakers fans who believe this roster can be transformed into a strong title contender need to disabuse themselves of that notion. Success for this team should be defined as finding a way to make it into the postseason. The combined greatness of James and Anthony Davis will not be enough to carry this misshaped roster to the promised land of an NBA title. That doesn’t...
    Jun 6, 2022; El Segundo, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham speaks after being introduced at UCLA Health Training Center Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports A disappointing season for the Lakers was followed by a quiet offseason filled with trade rumors that didn’t pan out. But they still have plenty to be excited about. Expectations were sky-high after the addition of Russell Westbrook but nothing really worked out the way the 2021-22 Lakers were hoping. Westbrook struggled and never seemed to be on the same page with his teammates or head coach Frank Vogel. Injuries were a constant issue and the team finished below .500 and missed the playoffs entirely. After a chaotic offseason for the league as a whole, Westbrook is still on the roster and potential trades for Myles Turner, Buddy Hield and Kyrie Irving never materialized. It may seem the Lakers are rolling into next season facing the same problems they couldn’t solve last season but there are plenty of reasons for optimism and they will still be one of the most...
    Getty Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers When the Los Angeles Lakers made the decision to acquire Russell Westbrook, we all knew the move could go one of two ways. Unfortunately for the Lakers, the trade hasn’t worked out. Westbrook was a bad fit stylistically, and his relationship with the fanbase lasted under a year before turning into mulch. Now, both Westbrook and the Lakers are stuck in a partnership that doesn’t work, and it will stay that way until they can find a willing trade partner, or Westbrook’s contract expires – whichever comes first. Furthermore, according to Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz, the Westbrook trade is the worst move by any franchise in the last three seasons – although, in reality, it could probably make a top five for the last decade! “When you can take some key pieces off a championship team, package them a draft pick and exchange them for a ball-dominant, non-shooting, past-his-prime point guard on the worst contract in the NBA, you’ve just got to do it. The trade that brought Westbrook to the Lakers...
    Getty Evan Fournier, Boston Celtics Ever since the Boston Celtics traded for Evan Fournier, the former Orlando Magic guard has struggled to be an impactful player. During his time in Boston, Fournier averaged just 13 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game, despite starting 10 of the 16 regular-season games he appeared in. Things didn’t get much better for the Saint-Maurice native during the post-season either, as he was part of the squad that lost to the Brooklyn Nets in the first round. Could the Knicks swing a big trade before the season begins? (via @_Verts) https://t.co/XN4woZoNhR pic.twitter.com/vqbuKlaaEd — SNY (@SNYtv) September 8, 2022 Fournier then decided to cut bait, leaving the Celtics to join the New York Knicks, as Leon Rose and William Wesley looked to inject a scoring punch into a roster that had defied the odds the previous season. However, Fournier’s Knicks tenure has not gotten off to a great start – sure his production has been solid, and his 38.9% three-point shooting is highly respectable – but he hasn’t been able to mesh...
    Getty Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Jodie Meeks. It’s been three years since Jodie Meeks played on an NBA court and he’s decided to call it a career. The former Los Angeles Lakers guard spent 10 seasons in the NBA and won a championship with the Toronto Raptors in 2019. Meeks recently turned 35 and announced his retirement to Steve Drumwright of USAB.com. Over his 10-year career, the guard played for seven different teams. He’s currently a member of the USA Basketball’s Men’s AmeriCup Team but this will be the only year he plays. "This will be the icing on the cake.” As Jodie Meeks approaches his new basketball career – coaching – he's hopeful he can accomplish one last dream, and that is winning a gold medal with his country in the @AmeriCup. — USA Basketball (@usabasketball) September 1, 2022 Meeks had a chance to play with the late Kobe Bryant for two seasons in Los Angeles. He was eventually elevated to a starting role and started 70 games for the Lakers during the 2013-2014 season. He...
    LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans on April 1, 2022 at Crypto.Com Arena in Los Angeles, California.Adam Pantozzi | National Basketball Association | Getty Images LeBron James has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 37-year-old NBA veteran is extending his stay in Los Angeles, according to tweets by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic's Shams Charania. Rich Paul, CEO of Klutch Sports, confirmed the extension to ESPN on Wednesday. ESPN reported that the deal solidifies James as the highest-earning player in NBA history, with $532 million in guaranteed money during his career. The Lakers struggled this past season, missing the playoffs despite James logging 30.3 points per game in his 19th season, his most since the 2005-06 season. This upcoming season was set to be the last in LeBron's initial $44.5 million contract. With the extension, the contract is now set to expire alongside Anthony Davis' after two seasons. The four-time NBA champion will remain in Los Angeles...
    Getty Images Lakers guard Russell Westbrook. The Los Angeles Lakers have been linked to some blockbuster trade rumors this offseason but appear to be playing the waiting game to see how some situations involving stars shake out. Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times reported on August 12 that the Lakers feel they’ll have more options to deal polarizing point guard Russell Westbrook as more pieces fall into place this offseason. “If and when Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell get traded, the space to make a Westbrook trade probably opens a little wider with the costs getting cleared,” Woike wrote. “Lakers sources insist they have options beyond the ones that have been reported (Irving, Buddy Hield, Myles Turner and others). Time should better reveal those once the bigger moves get made.” The Lakers have been unable to find a trade partner for Westbrook that wouldn’t involve attaching key assets. Westbrook is due more than $47 million next year and his debut year in purple and gold proved the former MVP is a clunky fit in Los Angeles next...
    Getty LeBron James with Kevin Durant. The trade rumors continue flooding in for the Brooklyn Nets. They have been linked to multiple teams, but the ones that have progressed the most have been the Phoenix Suns (who now seem to be out of the running), the Miami Heat, who continue trying to build an attractive enough offer, Toronto Raptors whose refusal to include NBA Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes has them not close to a deal, the newly emerged Boston Celtics, and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers have been primarily involved in trade discussions around Kyrie Irving. Los Angeles has been the only team to reportedly be interested in Irving, but may be looking towards Buddy Hield from the Indiana Pacers instead now.  However, while talks seem to have slowed down in a deal for just Kyrie Irving, there are reports growing the link the Nets dealing both of their superstars in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to Los Angeles. Nets Linked to Dealing Durant and Irving to LakersIn a July 28 article on Bleacher Report titled ‘What Should LA Lakers Do with Russell Westbrook?...
    PHOENIX, ARIZONA – APRIL 05: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) If the Los Angeles Lakers want to increase their chances of winning the NBA Championship next season, they should consider making either of these three moves after the NBA Draft. The Los Angeles Lakers used their 11th-place finish in the Western Conference this past season to make some changes. Those were firing head coach Frank Vogel and replacing him with Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham. Now, Lakers fans are sitting, waiting to see what general manager Rob Pelinka will do this offseason. On the night of the NBA Draft, the Lakers have one second-round pick that was acquired in a trade with the Orlando Magic. Yet, there is still plenty of time for the team to make some moves after the event has concluded. Here are three moves the team should at...
    Mar 6, 2022; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Ron Harper Jr. (24) on the court before the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Jersey Mike’s Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly looking to trade into the second round of the draft. Who could they be targeting to help them get back to contention? The Los Angeles Lakers are in desperate need of a roster makeover with precious few assets to get it done. Cap space is a fantasy and trading Russell Westbrook (which they’ve broadcast they are unlikely to do) probably means sending out more assets than they return. To top it all off, the Lakers don’t have a single pick in this year’s draft — their first-round pick is owed to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of the Anthony Davis trade and their second-round pick is headed to the San Antonio Spurs. However, picking up a second-round pick isn’t usually a huge challenge and there are rumors that the Lakers could be after the No. 44...
    According to NBA Draft rumors, Shaquille O’Neal‘s son, Shareef O’Neal, is getting a chance to work out for the Los Angeles Lakers. Hang around long enough and the names on an NBA roster will turn over. The players you watched get drafted will play out their careers and slide into retirement. And, for fans of a certain age, you get treated to the jarring sight of seeing the children of your childhood heroes make their way into the league. The ranks of college basketball are loaded with the children of NBA players and this year’s draft class could include at least two NBA children — Ron Harper Jr. and Shareef O’Neal. The son of Shaquille O’Neal is a fringe prospect, likely to land in the second round if he is selected but he’s at least going to have a chance to make his case to the Los Angeles Lakers. Draft prospect Shareef O’Neal has an upcoming workout set with the Lakers, sources tell @TheAthletic. O’Neal worked out for the Bucks today and has scheduled visits to Cleveland, Atlanta and Washington...
    Expect for Russell Westbrook to suit up again for the Los Angeles Lakers next NBA season. All signs are pointing towards Russell Westbrook exercising his $47 million player option to remain with the Los Angeles Lakers at least for one more season. NBA insider Marc Stein reported the Lakers are “tuning out the skeptics” and are telling “anyone who will listen” they are not interested in conceding any additional assets in a deal for Westbrook or be willing to eat his entire 2022-23 NBA season salary by cutting him loose. The Los Angeles area native and former UCLA star largely underwhelmed playing in his first year with the Lakers. Westbrook has bounced around from team to team since leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder.Los Angeles Lakers seem committed to keeping Russell Westbrook aroundLet’s be honest here. What other options do the Lakers have really? Westbrook is not going to get anywhere close to that amount of money should he decline his player option. So he is going to do it and the Lakers will have to deal with the consequences of another bad...
    When it comes to potentially coaching the Los Angeles Lakers, Shaquille O’Neal named his price. After finishing the 2021-22 season 11th-place in the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers opted to fire head coach Frank Vogel. With the Lakers in need of a new coach, what if they were to call a certain team legend and Hall of Famer? During the latest episode of “The Big Podcast,” Shaquille O’Neal was asked by Spice Adams what it would take to coach the Lakers. O’Neal revealed that he would do it, but for $25 million a year for four years. You can listen to a clip of O’Neal’s comments in Inside the NBA’s tweet below. You can listen to the full podcast episode in the above link. "If they offered me $25M a year for 4 years, Id coach the Lakers." ????@SHAQ ponders a coaching career on #TheBigPodcast: https://t.co/wpZ6zHYULF pic.twitter.com/SDrN1AbDlc — NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 21, 2022 Shaq named his price, now the Lakers have to pay up So Lakers, are you in? This past season, even with the addition of...
    Getty Former Lakers head coach Frank Vogel. The Los Angeles Lakers were a mess on the court this season but a lot of it stems from issues away from the court. The team’s front office appears to be a disaster. General manager Rob Pelinka is supposed to be the one in charge of basketball decisions but there have been many reports suggesting that former Lakers player and coach Kurt Rambis has a lot of power. Linda Rambis, his wife, is close friends with team owner Jeanie Buss so those two hold more influence within the Lakers than they would for any other team. While things look bad from the outside, they might be even worse than people realize. According to former Chicago Bulls guard and current ESPN analyst Jay Williams, he has some insight into how things are run in Los Angeles and it isn’t pretty. “I’m just trying to tell you from people that have had decades of experiences with how organizations have been ran, the things I’ve heard over the last year would blow your mind,”...
    THE NBA Playoffs are underway and, incredibly, LeBron James is NOT involved. The Los Angeles Lakers star, 37, put the team on his back all year, averaging 30.4 points per game - his second-highest return ever. 2LeBron James wanted the LA Lakers to sign Steph Curry last summerCredit: Getty 2LeBron and Curry have long been rivals but the former Cavaliers forward had hoped to team up with the NBA's greatest ever shooter for the 2021-22 seasonCredit: EPA But despite his best efforts, the Lakers didn't even make the play-in tournament, finishing the season down in 11th in the Western Conference. It was a shock to players, fans and pundits after the Lakers had been tipped to reclaim their crown from the Milwaukee Bucks after a busy off-season. LA had won the 2020 NBA championship in the bubble before tripping at the first hurdle in last season's Playoffs. Things could only get better, surely? Well, not exactly. READ MORE SPORT STORIESTAKE A SWING Barty to play GOLF tournament as ex-tennis world No1 mulls THIRD pro sportGOLDEN-BALLSY David and Cruz Beckham paddle...
    Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports As the Los Angeles Lakers come off one of the worst seasons in franchise history, there are several questions they need to address. The team that won the NBA Finals two years ago has headed downhill, after coming off one of the worst seasons in franchise history. After being eliminated by the Suns for a chance in any postseason contention, the Lakers need to make some decisions, from figuring out how to replace Frank Vogel, addressing their concerns with Russell Westbrook, to the future of LeBron James. Here are three big offseason moves the LA Lakers are going to need to take to get back on track for the 2022-23 season.Lakers offseason moves that need to be made3. Will anyone trade for Russell Westbrook?Russell Westbrook is among many reasons for the Lakers’ disastrous season. He failed to adapt quickly with his new team and player chemistry seemed to be an issue all year. He just couldn’t adapt or click with the playing styles of other veterans on the team and often fell short of expectations. The problem...
    David Fizdale, Los Angeles Lakers. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) The Los Angeles Lakers will likely replace former head coach Frank Vogel after three seasons. With Frank Vogel likely out, the Los Angeles Lakers need to find a new head coach to lead them. The Lakers failed spectacularly this season. Not only did the lineup age horribly, but it was poorly constructed. Even with LeBron James and several other future hall of famers on the roster, the Lakers were not even able to reach the play-in tournament in the Western Conference this spring. Though this may be an incredibly difficult job for someone to take on, somebody will have to do it. Here are three candidates who make some sense to replace Vogel as the next Lakers’ head coach.Los Angeles Lakers: 3 replacements for Frank Vogel as their next head coach 3 David Fizdale Assistant Coach Los Angeles Lakers David Fizdale is a logical candidate to potentially be promoted from withinAfter how his two previous stints as an NBA head coach have gone, it will be hard for David Fizdale to get...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers guard Mac McClung. As the NBA season winds down, the Los Angeles Lakers continue to give their young players a chance to shine. The younger group has played well and even pulled off a decisive win against the Oklahoma City Thunder. There’s not a lot to be excited about with the team but perhaps there are some young players with talent who just didn’t get a true shot to make a difference when the games still mattered. The Lakers already cut veteran forward Trevor Ariza so that they could make room to sign Wenyen Gabriel to a two-year contract. Gabriel was on a two-way contract so him getting a Standard NBA Contract meant the team had another two-way spot open. The Lakers announced that they have chosen to fill that spot with guard Mac McClung. Lakers make it official that they’ve signed Mac McClung to a two-way deal: pic.twitter.com/q9cxh23H4C — Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) April 9, 2022 McClung originally signed with the team as an undrafted free agent after the draft. He never made the...
    Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images As the Los Angeles Lakers come off one of the worst seasons, there are several questions they need to address as they transition into the offseason.  The team that won the NBA finals two years ago is falling into shambles as the Los Angeles Lakers are collecting themselves after one of the worst seasons in franchise history. After being eliminated by the Suns for a chance in any postseason contention, the Lakers have a list of answers to address during their offseason. The Lakers are going to have to pick up the pieces, as the nation has watched them follow into a crash and burn course throughout the entire season. From a team known for its playing styles and legacies, it is time to address the issues at large and why they were unable to produce promising improvement. Here are three big offseason moves the LA Lakers are going to need to make with questions that need to be answered.Lakers offseason moves that need to be made3. Will anyone trade for Russell Westbrook?Russell Westbrook is...
    Just five months after starting the season with NBA title aspirations and a new star in former MVP Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have now been eliminated from playoff contention following their seventh consecutive loss on Tuesday night. Playing without the injured James, who has been battling ankle problems, the Lakers fell to the Phoenix Suns, 121-110, dropping them to 11th place with a miserable 31-48 record on the year. The loss not only left befuddled teammates scrambling for answers, but likely signals the end of head coach Frank Vogel's reign less than two years after guiding the club to its 17th NBA championship. Sources are already saying the team plans to part ways with Vogel, according to a recent article by Bleacher Report. Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder could be a potential replacement candidate for Vogel, according to longtime NBA reporter Marc Stein. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO  Sidelined with an ankle injury, LeBron James was forced to watch as the Lakers lost Tuesday
    LeBron James 'should be embarrassed' about some of the things he has said and done, according to NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  Prior to the Los Angeles Lakers' 129-118 loss to the Denver Nuggets, Abdul-Jabbar questioned James' behavior around social issues and suggested he has been caught 'standing on both sides of the fence' previously. 'Some of the things he's done and said are really beneath him, as far as I can see,' Abdul-Jabbar told reporters.  'Some of the great things that he's done, he's standing on both sides of the fence almost, you know? It makes it hard for me to accept that when he's committed himself to a different take on everything. It's hard to figure out where he's standing. You've got to check him out every time.' Abdul-Jabbar has been critical of James on multiple occasions but clarified that his latest remarks were not meant to be 'throwing stones'.  'I admire the things that he's done that have gotten all our attention,' Abdul-Jabbar continued.  'Sending a whole school to college? Wow. That's amazing. His thoughtfulness and willingness to back...
    (CNN)The Los Angeles Lakers are in danger of missing the NBA postseason, falling to 11th place in the Western Conference after a 128-110 loss to the Dallas Mavericks in Texas.Without LeBron James and Anthony Davis, who were sidelined with a left ankle sprain and right midfoot sprain respectively, the Lakers trailed by 26 points at halftime, 82-56. It was the second-most points conceded by the Lakers in a first half in franchise history, just one short of the record 83 scored by the Boston Celtics in 1959, according to ESPN Stats.Mavs superstar Luka Doncic dominated for Dallas, scoring 34 points, and finishing with 12 rebounds and 12 assists to bag his 10th triple-double of the season in just 30 minutes on the court. NBA All-Star Luka Doncic bagged his 10th triple-double of the season in just 30 minutes on the court.Malik Monk led the way for LA with 28 points, while star guard Russell Westbrook scored 25 points.Read MoreThis latest loss for the Lakers arrived only 48 hours after they were beaten by the No. 9-seeded New Orleans Pelicans....
    Los Angeles Lakers legend James Worthy criticized the team following their overtime loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Just when you thought the Los Angeles Lakers could not find a new low this season, they did on Wednesday night. The Lakers faced off against the last-place Houston Rockets, which should have been an easy win for them. Instead, Los Angeles lost to Houston in overtime by the score of 139-130. After the game, Lakers legend James Worthy appeared on Spectrum and talked about the team’s performance. Worthy said that the team does not have the tenacity “to work their way out of this.” James Worthy is burying the Lakers on Spectrum. "Theyre not dead on arrival, but they dont have that tenacity, or that will to make it out of this… it doesnt seem like they believe in anything theyre doing." — Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) March 10, 2022 James Worthy is sick of the Lakers. pic.twitter.com/eJUpnDp1Oy — Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) March 10, 2022 James Worthy criticizes Lakers’ ‘tenacity’ following OT loss to Rockets After the game, Carmelo Anthony...
    The Clippers 21-point victory over the Lakers on March 3 further shapes the narrative between the crosstown Los Angeles rivals.  Although Los Angeles basketball star and former Clippers point guard Baron Davis once hoped to bring the team their first division and conference title. The division titles came in 2013 and 2014, but the Clippers have yet to win the Western Conference. While the conference title won’t come in 2022, the Clippers can take pride in pushing the other LA team further down in conference rankings. CLIPPERS WIN!!! pic.twitter.com/18eRD8hqdN — LA Clippers (@LAClippers) March 4, 2022 The 34-31 Clippers are well ahead of the 27-35 Lakers, but they’ve also pulled ahead of their rivals in another meaningful statistic. Over the last decade, the Clippers have beaten LAL 32-7 in rivalry games. The LA Clippers have a 32-7 record against the Los Angeles Lakers over the last decade. — Farbod Esnaashari (@Farbod_E) March 4, 2022 Clippers continue decade-long dominance over Lakers in latest win One Lakers fan sought to add “context” to the statistic, clarifying that although the Clippers have won...
    Getty Cam Payne talking with Chris Paul Things are quickly going from bad to worst for the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite the team finally having their big three of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook relatively healthy, the roster continues to be a disappointment. They’ve lost six of their last eight games and are coming off a loss against a Portland Trail Blazers team that didn’t have Damian Lillard or CJ McCollum. Things are truly looking bleak for the team this season and it could be time to accept the harsh reality that they just aren’t any good. Less than a year ago, the Lakers were up 2-1 in the first round of the playoffs against the Phoenix Suns. Davis hurt his groin and was hampered the rest of the series, leading to Los Angeles losing the next three games. Now the Lakers are in a much worse spot and the Suns look like the best team in the NBA. Guard Cam Payne has quickly become an antagonist for Los Angeles and he’s relishing them not being...
    HBO unveiled a series of character posters and new still images from their highly-anticipated series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers  Dynasty, debuting on HBO Sunday, March 6 at 9 PM ET which will be available to stream on HBO Max. The character posters offer a closer look at the Lakers owner Jerry Buss (John C. Reilly), his mother Jessie Buss (Sally Field) and daughter Jeanie Buss (Hadley Robinson). The posters also feature Laker luminaries such as coach Pat Riley (Adrien Brody), Magic Johnson (Quincy Isaiah), Michael Cooper (Delante Desouza), Jerry West (Jason Clarke), Paul Westhead (Jason Segel) and Claire Rothman (Gaby Hoffman). New images: HBO unveiled a series of character posters and new still images from their highly-anticipated series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, debuting on HBO Sunday, March 6 at 9 PM ET which will be available to stream on HBO Max  Owner: Reilly plays Buss, who bought the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Kings and The Forum from Jack Kent Cookie in 1979, the first step in the Lakers dynasty Magic: The posters also feature...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- It's an exciting time to be a Rams fan.The team is playing at SoFi Stadium - their home turf - for Super Bowl 56 in the first year that fans are allowed inside. It's truly something right out of a Hollywood movie script. ????@SoFiStadium | #SBLVI pic.twitter.com/i4qkR4phcc— NFL (@NFL) February 3, 2022"I don't know that you could have ever envisioned this exactly the way it's panned out," said Rams COO Kevin Demoff. "You could dream about it and have the Los Angeles Rams have their chance to win their first Super Bowl in Los Angeles. All of that ... if it was a Hollywood script, it would get tossed out because no one would believe it."Hollywood is known for its stars and the Rams certainly have their fair share.However, Demoff points out the reward of playing in the Super Bowl on its home turf started with a couple of significant risks."Many people had danced around Los Angeles," Demoff said. "No one had been willing to say, 'I'm going to go buy land, build a stadium, bring...
    NBA legend Kobe Bryant tragically died in a helicopter crash while on his way to a youth basketball tournament with his 13-year-old daughter Gigi and seven others Jan. 26, 2020. Exactly two years later, Bryant's death still weighs heavily on those who knew him best and the fans who adored him.  On Wednesday, tributes from around the sports community poured in remembering the legacy of Bryant. NBA GREAT DWAYNE WADE’S STARTLING PREDICTION ABOUT SPORT’S GOAT DEBATE "Family is Forever," the Los Angeles Lakers said in a tweet with a picture of Bryant embracing Gigi courtside.  Bryant spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers and was an 18-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA selection, five-time NBA champion, 12-time All-Defensive selection, two-time NBA Finals MVP and 2007-08 NBA MVP. He was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame in May.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after defeating the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals June 17, 2010, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.  (Nathaniel S Butler/NBAE via Getty...
    LeBron James is one of the few remnants left from the previous generation of NBA basketball. Probably its most important. On the eve of the Lakers forward’s 37th birthday (Dec. 30), all eyes and ears shift lean toward James regarding his eventual retirement — barring a Brady-like objective to play until he’s 50. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM When he finally chooses to lace up his sneakers and retire, James said it’ll come down to a consensus between mind and body. Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James talks to teammates during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) "I know I’m on the other side of the hill, compared to the hill I was on before. I know that," James noted, following a Tuesday night win against the Rockets. "But, I mean, I’ve thought about it, where I’m at with it. I’m still playing at such a high level, I haven’t given it too much thought." He added, "But I’m in...
    (CNN)LeBron James became just the third player to reach 36,000 career points in the NBA as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Houston Rockets 132-123 on Tuesday to end a five-game losing streak.Starting at center for the first time in his career, James notched 32 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to record his third triple-double of the season.The 36-year-old was aided by teammate Russell Westbrook, who notched a triple-double of his own with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.With a new 'big three' of James, Westbrook and Anthony Davis, the Lakers came into the season with championship aspirations, but have regularly failed to reach that standard.The team is now 17-18 for the season and sits in seventh place in the Western Conference.Read MoreThe Rockets' Jalen Green, the second pick in this year's draft, led his team -- whose 10-25 record is the worst in the West -- with 24 points to go with two rebounds and four assists.Elsewhere, Stephen Curry became the first player in NBA history to reach 3,000 made three-pointers in the Golden State Warriors' 86-89...
    LeBron James keeps making NBA history and he just surpassed Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant to claim another record.  LeBron James has been around the NBA for quite some time now and, during his lengthy NBA career, James has had the opportunity to play in quite a few NBA games on Christmas. James currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers and he had the opportunity to pass up one of the greatest Lakers of all time to claim a record. In what is his 16th Christmas game, James claimed the top spot as the NBA’s all-time Christmas Day scorer. In the process, he passed up Kobe Bryant, a legend for the Lakers.Los Angeles Lakers: LeBron James claims record previously held by Kobe BryantBryant, who played in 16 Christmas games himself, previously held the record with 395 points across his career. Christmas King ????@KingJames becomes the NBA’s all-time leading scorer on Christmas Day, passing Lakers Legend Kobe Bryant. #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/MAaa3s3IfG — Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 26, 2021 James was able to move ahead of Bryant on the list...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers forward Jemerrio Jones. Things are getting rocky for the Los Angeles Lakers and NBA as dozens of players are in the league’s health and safety protocols. The Lakers are already missing Anthony Davis and Kendrick Nunn due to injury and continue to lose players due to COVID-19 protocols. The team already signed veteran guard Isaiah Thomas on a hardship exemption but they need even more help. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Lakers have signed forward Jemerrio Jones from G League Wisconsin. He’ll be on a 10-day hardship exemption. The Los Angeles Lakers are signing forward Jemerrio Jones of G League Wisconsin on a 10-day hardship exemption, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Jones played six games for the Lakers in 2018-19. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 20, 2021 Lakers fans should be familiar with Jones as he briefly spent time with the team in 2019. He played in six games and averaged 4.5 points a game. What was most impressive about him was his rebounding ability. He averaged 8.2 rebounds a game during...
    Any fan who attends Lakers games at Staples Center in Los Angeles can always expect to see an array of celebrities and high-profile people in the stands. But on Sunday, JoJo Siwa made it was easy for her to be recognized amid the nearly 19,000 fans in attendance, when she broke out into a dance routine near her courtside seats with Dancing With The Stars partner Jenna Johnson and her husband Valentin Chmerkovskiy.   In the end, Lakers fans and the YouTube personality, had plenty to cheer about when superstar LeBron James dropped a triple-double (30 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists) on the Orlando Magic en route to their 106-94 win. Spectacle: JoJo Siwa, 18, broke out some dance moves during a break in the action of the Lakers game against the Orland Magic at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday Siwa (born Joelle Joanie Siwa), 18, was all about casual-cool in the fashion department in black pants and a faded blue denim jacket decorated with sparkling golden beads.  Underneath the jacket, she showed her allegiance to the home team...
    Charles Barkley cut loose Tuesday night on the Lakers. The Lakers improved to 13-12 after a Tuesday win over the Celtics, but it was what Barkley had to say before the matchup that is generating a lot of attention. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) The NBA legend ripped into Anthony Davis and the team for struggling and in classic Chuck fashion, he didn’t hold back. Watch his awesome rant below. “Anthony Davis, you know I like you as a person, but you ain’t doing what you’re supposed to do.” Chuck sounds off on the Lakers’ struggles this season ???? pic.twitter.com/HM9zReqeS5 — NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) December 8, 2021 Whenever Charles Barkley cuts a rant loose, you know you’re in for a fun time. That dude just doesn’t care what other people think. Charles Barkley, the king of common sense, made some great points about social media being useless. He’s 100% correct! Social media for most people, especially delusional women who think they’re famous with 5,000 followers, is a waste of time. pic.twitter.com/GMmTLbv35p...
    The Los Angeles Lakers have one of the most physically talented stars in the NBA in Anthony Davis and he made that clear against the San Antonio Spurs. While the start of this season hasn’t been what the Los Angeles Lakers were hoping for, things have improved a bit as of late and Anthony Davis is one big reason why. Davis is one of the most unique athletes in the NBA (and there are quite a few powerful and impressive athletes on rosters across the country) and he took the opportunity to show off a bit when the Lakers were facing the San Antonio Spurs. Early in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against San Antonio, Davis tossed a ball off the backboard and effortlessly completed an alley-oop to himself in the process.  Anthony Davis leads Los Angeles Lakers to victory against San Antonio Spurs Davis was great in this one particular, dominant play, but he also thrived throughout the evening against the Spurs, punishing them all game long. He played 40 minutes (more than anyone else on either teams’...
    LeBron James was caught chirping Phoenix Suns youngster Cam Payne during the Los Angeles Lakers’ 10-point loss to the defending Western Conference champs. Video posted to social media showed James on the bench resting while Payne was in the game. Payne had been trash-talking his Lakers opponents all night — and for good reason. Phoenix was up by as many as 32 points at one point, forced 16 Lakers turnovers and eventually dropped Los Angeles to 0-2. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) dunks the ball as Phoenix Suns guard Cameron Payne (15), forward Abdel Nader (11), forward Cameron Johnson (23), guard Landry Shamet (14) and guard Chris Paul (3) watch in the second half at Staples Center Oct 22, 2021. The Suns defeated the Lakers 115-105. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) Regardless, James was yelling at Payne to "stay humble." "C’mon now. You was at home a year and a half ago. Now you wanna pop off?" James said. WARNING EXPLETIVE LANGUAGE Payne registered four points, four rebounds and three...
    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 08: Head coach Frank Vogel of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on October 08, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) The Lakers enter the 2020-21 season as NBA title favorites, but Los Angeles must answer these five questions if they want to win another championship.  Los Angeles shook up their roster with a big trade to land Russell Westbrook this offseason but the team’s title hopes still lie squarely on the broad collective shoulders of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The challenge for Frank Vogel and his coaching staff continues to be identifying the right group to fit around their pair of All-NBA players. Westbrook wasn’t the only big-name acquisition of the offseason. Signing Carmelo Anthony in free agency also raised some eyebrows in Tinsel Town. Vogel’s handling of the future Hall-of-Famer...
    The Warriors were without their superstars going up against a star-studded Lakers team during the preseason. The result was surprising as 111-99 victory over Los Angeles. Consider it a little pay back for what happened on the other side of town. The Warriors have one more tune up against the Portland Trail Blazer before they begin the NBA season Oct. 19. They’ll play the Lakers yet again on the road during a TNT broadcast. The matchup will likely be a better test for Golden State as Stephen Curry and Draymond Green will likely be in the lineup to face LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook. They’ll be on national TV again on Oct. 21 when they’ll face the other Los Angeles team — the Clippers. It will also be the first home game of the year. With that said, here are some of the best pictures from the preseason game. Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole, left, shoots under pressure from Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game...
    Russell Westbrook is entering his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers and wanted nothing to do with the Los Angeles Clippers during the offseason.  There’s only one team that plays at Staples Center that Russell Westbrook wanted to suit up for and if you’re a good guesser, you know that it wasn’t the Los Angeles Clippers. In July, Westbrook was traded from the Washington Wizards to the Los Angeles Lakers. Russell grew up in the Los Angeles suburbs and attended UCLA, so he’s playing back at home for the first time since his collegiate career. He grew up a Laker fan, too, so that could’ve played a small part in him not wanting to play for the other NBA team in the city.Russell Westbrook had zero desire to play for the Los Angeles ClippersWashington’s GM Tommy Sheppard spoke on Westbrook’s professionalism and a conversation that the two shared.“Russell actually never asked to move on. He just said, ‘If I can get to the Lakers, that’d be something I would love to do. If not, I’ll be back here.’ I...
    Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images The Lakers made a lot of smart moves this offseason, but these three mistakes could cost LeBron James and Anthony Davis a shot at another NBA title.  The presence of LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the Lakers‘ roster gives Los Angeles a legitimate chance to win an NBA title this season. As such, it was the right move for the team’s front office to go all-in during the offseason to surround their star duo with the talent required to win another championship. The Lakers deserve credit for their overall level of offseason ambition, but several of their moves could come back to haunt them during the 2021-22 campaign. In fairness to GM Rob Pelinka and the front office, the Lakers didn’t enter the offseason with a ton of flexibility. The giant salaries of James and Davis make it difficult for Los Angeles to add talent via free agency. The team also lacked the sort of draft capital required to change their short or long-term futures via a rookie acquisition. That meant the Lakers had...